Author: Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Publication: DNA (Daily News & Analysis)
Date: October 29, 2007
Spy agencies have traced the source of the additional firepower the Maoists have acquired of late to renew violence in the eastern parts of the nation, especially Jharkhand and West Bengal, to Bangladesh. The agencies believe the guerrillas have forged a quid pro quo understanding with Bangladesh-based terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islami (Huji) and set up shelter pockets across the border.
In the last two days, 19 people have been killed in Maoist attacks at Giridih, Jharkhand, and Belpahari in the West Midnapore district of West Bengal.
Border Security Force (BSF) battalions deputed in different Indo-Bangla border districts of West Bengal have sounded an alert on possible attempts by most-wanted Maoist guerrillas to cross the border with the help of Huji agents to take shelter there.
West Bengal's Nadia and South 24 Parganas districts are considered to be most vulnerable in this regard by the BSF. The vast stretch of unmanned border at Nadia and the huge waterfront borders in South 24 Parganas make illegal border crossing easy.
S Goel, BSF inspector general (south Bengal),
confirmed that border patrol had been increased in these districts. He said
special emphasis is being laid on night vigil and sophisticated gadgets have
been installed at the two borders.
So far the traffic was one way, with Bangla terrorists taking shelter in West Bengal to avoid arrests, but now Huji is reciprocating the gesture.
As reported by DNA earlier, there has been a certain understanding between the Maoists and Huji in West Bengal for sometime now.
While Huji is interested in procuring the high-intensity explosive Neogel-90 from the Maoists, the guerrillas want to use the Bangla terror outfit's network in Nadia and South 24 Parganas to extend its stronghold to West Midnapore, Bankura and Puruliya.
A senior IB official said, "The police have of late increased raids in Huji pockets in Nadia, Murshidabad, South and North 24 Parganas and Howrah districts. As such they are likely to look for alternative shelters in West Bengal and may take the Maoists' help."